Big Top, Sunday 2016
It’s clear Kerri Watt is on the path to something big. In the last 12 months the Scottish singer songwriter has spent multiple weeks on the A-list at BBC Radio 2, hit Number 1 on Hype Machine, had acclaim everywhere from The Independent, The Telegraph, The Sun, Glamour Magazine and Attitude Magazine to Music Week and Record of the Day, supported the likes of Nina Nesbitt, Ward Thomas, Mike & The Mechanics and Starsailor, played Isle of Wight, The Great Escape and Glastonbury and made her national TV debut performing on ITV’s Weekend Show.
Late last summer Kerri released her most successful single to date, Long Way Home. Showcasing a seriousness we’d yet to see from Kerri, the single was produced by Richard McNamara from Embrace, it was piano driven, armed with a powerful hook, and big production and it didn’t go unnoticed, winning her massive support from BBC Radio 2, climbing onto the station’s A-list. She’s now back with the follow-up and is clearly onto a winning formula; once again teaming up with Richard McNamara for her new single The Wild. Since premiering online with The Independent, the single has flown straight onto BBC Radio 2’s B-list, indicating that 2016 could definitely be Kerri’s year.
Born and raised just outside Glasgow, Kerri was a music fan from an early age, thanks to her parents playing Michael Jackson on repeat. Kerri starting singing and playing piano at school, was competing in regional dance shows by the age of 8 and by the time she went to secondary school knew she wanted to pursue a career in the arts. At 16 she convinced her parents to allow her to audition for a theatre school in California. She won a place and moved to Dana Point, Orange County for a year—the start of a love affair with California.